Release | The Nepean Raiders Have Announced New Ownership and New Head Coach

Ottawa, ON – The Nepean Raiders have announced new ownership and new head coach for the 2024/25 season.

“The Nepean Raiders Jr. A Hockey club is announcing, effective immediately, the transfer of the team to the new ownership group of Rob Kinghan, Sue Collis and Chris White. The new owners are excited to get to work, supporting and investing in a great franchise with a long and celebrated history. Players, fans, and the wider community can expect a group committed to continuing to build a winning culture in Nepean.

The new ownership partners would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the previous owners, Byran and Liz for their long standing commitment to the Raiders and young hockey players pursuing excellence in sport.

The Nepean Raiders are pleased to announce that Lino Dixon has been named the General Manager for the 2024-2025 season. A native of Manotick, Lino comes to Nepean with extensive experience in Major Junior, Tier II, and Academy hockey.

Looking ahead to the coming season, Lino had this to say, “It is an honour and privilege to be hired as GM of the Nepean Raiders. I look forward to fostering a culture that puts player experience and development at the forefront as we continue to build a team we can all be proud of. Growing up in Ottawa, Nepean was the standard of success, and we are excited by the challenge of returning our franchise to this level”.

The Raiders are pleased to announce that Brad Smyth has been named Head Coach for 2024-2025. Brad is very well known in Ottawa and in the hockey world more broadly. With a professional career spanning twenty years, including 5 in the NHL, Brad brings a wealth of experience to this role.

Brad shared the following statement, “I am excited to join Nepean as Head Coach. Hockey is in my blood and I am energized to work with our players, fitting individual talent into a team culture of dedication and excellence.”

Joining Brad, Mark Minion has been named Associate Coach for the Raiders in 2024-2025. Mark brings 34 years of coaching experience to the team, including last season when he was behind the bench with Brad at Ottawa Myers U18 AAA, where he was mainly responsible for the Defence and Penalty Kill. 

We would like to sincerely thank Jerrett Defazio, Stephen Corrigan, and Keenan Reynolds for their time, efforts and dedication to the Nepean Raiders Program. Randy Watt will continue in his capacity as Senior Advisor for the Club.

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